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Johanna Henke-von der Malsburg


Lise Meitner Group 'Technological Primates'
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

e-mail: johanna_hvdmalsburg@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de


I am a behavioral biologist working on the evolution of cognitive abilities in primates. Using experimental set-ups, I investigate variation in cognitive abilities on the species, as well as individual level in wild non-human primate species. Combining ecological measures as well as observations of social behaviors with experimental methods, I aim to identify fundamental factors explaining the parallel evolution of ecological and social intelligence.
Recently, I studied intra- and interspecific variation across various cognitive abilities in sympatric lemur species. My current work in the Technological Primates group focuses on the evolution of tool-using behavior by investigating intra- and interspecific variation in tool-using behaviors in bearded capuchin monkeys in Brazil, long-tailed macaques in Thailand and Western chimpanzees in Ivory Coast. Including ecological measures, natural observations, as well as field experiments, my comparative research aims to give insight into the covariation of cognitive abilities with ecological as well as social factors.


Henke-von der Malsburg, J., Fichtel, C., & Kappeler, P. M. (2022). Retaining memory after hibernation: performance varies independently of activity levels in wild grey mouse (advance online). Ethology.
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Henke-von der Malsburg J., Fichtel C. Selbstkontrolle zahlt sich aus – Wie sich Mausmakis in ihren innovativen Fähigkeiten unterscheiden. In: L. Pyritz (Hrsg.), Madagaskar - Von Makis, Menschen und einem bedrohten Paradies. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 272-273.

Henke-von der Malsburg J., Kappeler P. M., Fichtel C. Evolution of primate cognition: linking cognition to ecology in wild sympatric mouse lemur species. Royal Society Proceedings B, 288: 20211728.

Henke-von der Malsburg J., Kappeler P. M., Fichtel C. Linking ecology and cognition: does ecological specialisation predict cognitive test performance? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 74:154.

Henke-von der Malsburg J., Fichtel C. Are generalists more innovative than specialists? A comparison of innovative abilities in two wild sympatric mouse lemur species. Royal Society Open Science, 4, 180-480.

Scheel B. M., Henke-von der Malsburg J., Giertz P., Rakotondranary S. J., Hausdorf B., & Ganzhorn J. U. Testing the influence of habitat structure and geographic distance on the genetic differentiation of mouse lemurs (Microcebus) in Madagascar. International Journal of Primatology, 36(4), 823-838.